Epitome by Carton

Epitome by Carton Brewing

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Epitome by Carton

Tasting: January 17, 2015
Style: Black IPA
Beer # 692

Epitome by Carton Brewing

What’s interesting about Epitome by Carton Brewing?:
Carton Brewing and Kane Brewing have improved the status and quality of craft beer made here in New Jersey by leaps and bounds. We certainly don’t have to envy any other state when it comes to quality IPA. Epitome is a black IPA and it created some buzz with my craft beer friends in advance of its Black Friday release.

How did I acquire this beer? On Black Friday, while visiting relatives, I was in Pennsylvania waiting on an early morning line for this year’s Bourbon County Brand Stout release. I arrived home too late on Friday to get some cans at Gary’s in Wayne. My sister lives a few minutes from the brewery and as a favor, she picked up three four-packs a few days before Christmas.

Vitals: I was surprised to see a robust ABV of 10.3% and the label indicates an IBU of 100.

Name: Epitome. Funny a beer store employee told me that they were getting in some “ep-eh-toe-me”. It didn’t make sense until it dawned on me later that night – Epitome as in an “ideal example”. Great name.

Available: This year’s Epitome by Carton didn’t wander too far from the Atlantic Highlands brewery. As mentioned, when I stopped at Gary’s in Wayne on Black Friday on my way home, I witnessed the last four pack being taken out of the cooler. I even tried to trade a BCBS for one on the checkout line. Surprisingly, that received a chilly reception. Thankfully, my sister came through a few weeks later.

Other acclaim: 96 points Beer Advocate.

First few sips are quite nice. Bright lemon-like citrus cutting through a perfect amount of roasted flavors. I don’t get that 100 IBU bitterness type of bitterness but nonetheless, the entire flavor package is quite nice. 93 points from me.

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